NFD responds to four fires north of town; Arson suspected

March 13, 2020 | Featured|Headlines

NEWKIRK — Newkirk fire units responded to a series of grass fire calls Thursday night north of town including one that consumed an estimated 200 acres.

NFD chief Adam Longcrier said the department received a call at 11:15 p.m. reporting a grass fire across from First Council Casino along old Highway 77 near Judo Road.

“While we were there we received another report of a fire at Bender and Prentice Roads,” said Longcrier. “That was followed by another fire at Silver Dale Lane and River Road. Then a fourth fire was reported at Earth Road and Prentice.”

Longcrier said the fire at Earth Road was at least a half mile wide at one point.

“We called in assistance from Bear Creek, River Road Fire, Dale Township, Kildare, and Blackwell,” said Longcrier. “That fire was called in at 11:30 p.m. and we were on scene until 3:45 a.m. We estimate at least 200 acres burned. We had a close call when a fire unit became stuck and was almost over ran by flames. Luckily we were able to get it out of harm’s way. We had 15 fire trucks total on scene and Kay County deputies. Everyone worked great together and we appreciate their assistance.” 

Longcrier said there have been eight grass fires in two weeks, many of which have been in the same area.

“We believe many of these fires are suspicious in nature including the ones Thursday evening. We believe there could be someone starting fires in rural Newkirk and are asking citizens to keep watch and be aware.”

“If anyone sees something suspicious please contact the sheriff’s department at 580-362-3250.”